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Why Marbling is the New Ombré

Check out 2016's new hair color trend.
Why Marbling is the New Ombré Check out 2016's new hair color trend.

You might remember the ombré hair trend hitting it big in 2009 where almost every Tumblr-obsessed girl wanted long cascading waves that transitioned from brown to blonde as the layers flowed. Soon after that they took it up a notch as they tried to cop Lady Gaga’s silver mane with teal tips which she rocked with that infamous meat dress at the 2010 VMAs. But as the fashion cycle goes, those gradient hairstyles took a backseat when blunt lobs and natural color became the ruling trend. Fast forward to 2016 and it seems like ombré is now making a big comeback, with color proving to be one of the year’s continuing hair movements.

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But what’s so new about it?

Earlier this month, we got a sneak peak of Wella’s Spring/Summer 2016 trend visions where LA-based hairstylist Claudio Lazo taked about the new coloring trend called “marbling.” Think of it as the reinvention of the ombré trend where the placement of color adds dimension to hair by creating new textures inspired by the marbled effect seen in rock formations and minerals. Here, we see the color blending in with one another as opposed to creating an up-and-down gradient that makes hair look one-dimensional.

Keeping in line with the natural hair texture movement we’ve seen on the runways, this new coloring technique brings out the natural contours of the hair by emphasizing layers and waves. It’s definitely worth trying especially for those who feel like their hair is too flat.


Best worn with: Cool girl waves.

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Images courtesy of Wella

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